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Couple BoatingBoating is a favorite warm-weather activity for many, but remembering to sail in safety keeps it fun for everyone. After all, you won't be having too much fun if you get into a sticky situation and don't have the supplies to help you reach shore safely. When boating, remember the following pointers for staying safe on the water.

Education


Whether you're new to boating or you simply want a refresher course, taking a boating safety class teaches you the skills you need for safe sailing. You'll learn about emergency techniques and supplies you must keep on board (see below) to weather a variety of conditions.

Weather


Always remember to check the weather forecast before leaving the marina. Being on a boat on choppy waters or during rough storms is very dangerous. So if you experience rapid temperature drops, strong winds or darkening clouds overhead, the best thing to do is sail back to the marina and take shelter indoors until the storm passes.

Supplies


There are several items that you should always keep on your boat to help you out in a pinch. Some of these include first aid supplies, lifejackets for everyone on board, flares, fire extinguishers, a cell phone or radio, a flashlight, a rope and more that you'll learn about in a boating safety class.

Driving


Operating a boat, much like a car, should be done while sober. Not only is drunk driving dangerous in any vehicle, but the combination of engine vibrations, sun and wind can heighten the effects of alcohol and increase your risk of getting in an accident. The designated boat driver must always remain sober. In fact, it's even better to have two sober individuals who can operate the boat in case one becomes incapacitated.

Navigation


While driving a boat in open water may be an easy task, you must always pay close attention when in narrow or crowded areas. Always operate your boat at safe speeds and steer clear of buoys and other vessels.

The right coverage helps keep you safe as well. Call Auto Insurance Discounters at (816) 252-2255 for more information on Kansas City boat insurance.
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